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Sean O'Regan's Dehler 31 Vespucci has jumped into the overall lead of the Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot Series after five races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted event.
The Dehler has broken the stranglehold of the J109 design but Ruth and Jalapeno still hold second and third respectively.
Download overall results to date below.
The penultimate race of the series starts this Sunday.
The crew that recovered a man overboard and then retired from the race last Sunday has moved into the overall lead of the DBSC Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot Series.
After four races sailed, and one discard applied, Tim and Richard Goodbody's J109 White Mischief leads the record 75-boat fleet. Second is J109 National Champion Joggerknot and in a big show of strength for the J design, third is another J109, Jalapeno.
Download overall results below.
In a fourth race, full of drama last Sunday, redress was given to the boats involved in men overboard retrievals and to those assisting boats that were dismasted in big seas and 15-knot breezes. Read Afloat.ie's report here from one of the MOBs.
The fifth race takes place this Sunday morning. Lighter winds are forecast.
More great sailing conditions of 15 knots or more and another great turnout for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot as it passed the halfway stage of the series in yesterday's fourth race off Dun Laoghaire.
With race start times from 10 am, some (black sail) boats are on the race track from 8. 30 am such is the level of competition now generated for the popular series.
With four separate starts for the 75-boat fleet and some keen jostling for the pin end, Race Officer Henry Leonard got the fleets away promptly for three rounds of a course that featured a near one-kilometre beat, a gybe mark, and a downwind to the West Pier Outfall mark before a finish off that pier's lighthouse.
A great turnout of mixed sportsboats saw a keenly contested start with the 1720 Wolfe, full of Royal St. George One design talent, including Neil Hegarty, Peter Bowring, Bill Nolan and John O'Connor, winning the pin end battle.
As well as 1720s, there are several J70s and J80s competing, including one of the Royal St. George's newly refurbished J80 fleet.
Big J109 turnout
In the fourth start of the day, a great mix of cruisers zero and one came to the line to challenge any summer turnout. The Grand Soleil 34 debutante JustTina was out again as was the Farr 42 Wow. Both Sunfast 3600s were on the line, as was the former Turkey Shoot winner Mermaid, a Beneteau 50, and the top DBSC J97 Windjammer too, but the most popular type was the J109 that made up six of the sixteen-boat fleet.
It was nip and tuck, right off the line for the two top J109s in the country and when White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) and Juggerknot (Andrew Algeo) split tacks halfway up the first beat there was only a boat length between them. White Mischief rounded first and looked to gain initially downwind but the intriguing dogfight was shortlived because White Mischief was diverted to come to the rescue of a Man overboard. Read more here.
Sailing coach Maurice O'Connell shot the video below from the stern of Brendan Coghlan's "YoYo" (O'Connell was tactician). Olympic squad Laser sailor Ewan McMahon (in blue cap) was trimming the kite. The video shows the last leeward mark rounding (the yellow out fall mark off the back of the West Pier).
Race four results to follow on Afloat.ie's dedicated Turkey Shoot section here
Today's fourth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay had a man overboard incident where a sailor was successfully rescued from the water by a competing boat. Here, Martin Byrne, a former Edinburgh Cup Dragon Champion, tells how he fell overboard from his 1720 Sportsboat 'Nick of Time' and was successfully recovered by Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief crew.
I was helming the 1720 A Stitch in Time. We were on the run on the second round of the race. After planing down an especially big wave the boat heeled to windward and as we were all positioned well aft I lost my balance and with nothing to hold onto and I fell overboard.
My immediate thought was that I very grateful for my lifejacket and knew that I would be able to tread water until someone picked me up. However, this took a lot longer than I expected. My own boat were in difficulties as they struggled to get the spinnaker down and sail back to retrieve me. It was then that Tim & Richard Goodbody on the J109 White Mischief noticed that I was in trouble as I hailed them for assistance.
"I lost my balance and with nothing to hold onto and I fell overboard"
I was very cold by this stage and as the waves were breaking over me I began to swallow a lot of seawater. White Mischief was dropping all their sails and preparing to pick me up. It was difficult for me to swim with a full set of winter sailing gear on and I was beginning to get very tired. Eventually, they manoeuvred astern towards me and because of the very low overhang at the back of the J109 they were easily able to pull me aboard.
So no lasting damage but extremely grateful for the quick thinking, good seamanship and selfless action by the crew of White Mischief.
The new Grand Soleil 34 'Justtina' that is cutting a dash as it debuts on Irish waters at the DBSC Turkey Shoot marks a return to sailing for her skipper John Treanor who forged a love for yacht racing on his first Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead ISORA race over 30 years ago.
"I set out to buy a boat that could be cruised by just myself and my wife (Tina). Hence the easy single handed set up", Treanor told Afloat.ie, "But at the same time, having raced in my youth, I wanted to buy something that could cruise fast and had the potential to race well if I chose to do so".
Treanor says he set out to buy a J112E but when he went to look at the boat at Key Yachting in the UK he also saw the GS 34 which had just arrived and he says "it seemed to better match my requirements than the J".
Below he relates the story of how the boat was purchased and his plans for her.
"Myself and Tina subsequently saw the two boats side by side at the Southhampton Boat Show and I got the clear instruction “You are buying the Grand Soleil”.
A few weeks later, I sailed the tiller version on a blustery day in Southhampton.
The tiller just didn’t work for me as the helming angle was wrong and the tiller tended to kick aggressively upwards in the gusts. In addition, the tiller intrudes into the open layout of the cockpit and reduces the free movement of the crew.
However, I am sure that an out and out racing owner would probably opt for the tiller version. Ultimately I opted for the twin wheel version.
Regarding performance, the boat is currently been sailed with a very limited sail wardrobe and the rig has not yet been set up properly.
In addition, to say that it is not been helmed very well (my fault) would be an understatement!
Despite all that, she performs well on the water and on the odd occasion when I do my job right she can point as high and sail faster than the 109s. Which is better than I expected.
Downwind she can’t sail as deep as the 109s but with a proper kite would probably sail faster than them.
Regarding my plans for next season, I am not based full time in Ireland so that somewhat limits my ability to take part in long series racing.
I will try to do a couple of ISORAs (my first ever racing experience was a Dunlaoghaire to Holyhead ISORA over 30 years ago)
And then a few weeks based in Crookhaven in August.
Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday's racing on Dublin Bay are downloadable below.
After an epic third race, the 75-boat fleet is currently led by the Beneteau 31.7 national champion, Camira.
The seven-race series hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club continues until December 16th.
The Beneteau 31.7 National Champion Camira from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads the Citroen South Dublin sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series after three races sailed. The Dublin Bay regular skippered by Peter Beamish leads by two points overall from the dark-hulled J122 Jib and Tonic (Morgan Crowe) on 57 points. The J109 Jalapeno (Paul Barrington) from the National Yacht Club is third overall in the 75-boat fleet.
One time fleet leader, the Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie has dropped back to ninth overall after last week's choppy race in 15-knots. See race three photo report here.
Four races are left to sail with a discard set to kick in next week.
Download overall results below.
The 75-boat DBSC Turkey Shoot fleet sponsored by Citroen had the perfect package of sun, sea and wind for its third race on Dublin Bay this morning.
A southerly breeze of 15 to 20–knots which produced a big chop, were ideal sailing conditions as the seven race series approaches its halfway stage with a record turnout.
But it's not just numbers that are making this an impressive fleet, there's some great depth of quality too. The J109 National Champion Juggerknot is competing and the J109 runner-up White Mischief is also racing. Former ICRA Yacht of the Year, Class Zero's Farr 42 Wow (George Sisk) is competing and there is a buoyant fleet of sportsboats to eclipse summer turnouts.
Racing over an excellent course from Dun Laoghaire harbour mouth, a mixed fleet of cruisers and sportsboats raced to a laid turning mark before a short fetch, another mark and a second beat south across Scotsman's Bay in an ebb tide to the Muglins Rock before a long reach back home to a finish off the West Pier.
Going into the third race, the John O'Gorman skippered Sunfast 3600, (with Flying fifteen ace Ian Matthews steering) had a one-point lead over the Royal Irish Yacht Club J/109, Jump the Gun. Third is 2017 Turkey Shoot winner, the Beneteau 50 Mermaid IV.
One of the new arrivals to the Bay and debuting at this series is a new Grand Soleil 34 'JustTina'. For race three, she had North Sails tactician Maurice O'Connell onboard, a sailor who has had the Midas touch in this series so far having sailed the early leader J109 White Mischief in race one and then been on Hot Cookie as tactician in race two last weekend to edge the Sunfast into the overall lead.
The John O'Gorman skippered Sunfast 3600, that will collect the best new boat performance at the DBSC Summer prizegiving this Friday evening, has a one-point lead over the Royal Irish Yacht Club J/109, Jump the Gun. Third is 2017 Turkey Shoot winner, the Beneteau 50 Mermaid IV.
Download overall results below
Last Sunday's turnout incorporated an on the water Commemoration for DBSC members killed in World War One and it was a bumper affair. The later start to facilitate Armistice Day meant both the in–harbour DMYC Frostbites, with an estimated 91 dinghies competing, plus the strong Turkey Shoot Cruisers out in the Bay produced a combined sailing fleet to rival any Summer Saturday.